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Dr. Francis Cannizzo
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Leg Amputation (Overview)

Surgical removal of leg . This can be either below knee or above knee.


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How is a leg amputation done?

How is a leg amputation done?

Amputation: Usually with a precise power saw. Also, reconnection of muscles to cover the stump. Length and quality of residual limb is important for good prosthetic fit. ...Read more

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Dr. Francis Cannizzo
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Leg Amputation (Overview)

Surgical removal of leg . This can be either below knee or above knee.


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What leads to a leg amputation?

What leads to a leg amputation?

Serious problems: Serious conditions such as severe infections or very low blood flow to the leg can lead to amputation. Sometimes a serious infection can get into the bone causing osteomyelityis, and sometimes antibiotics do not always work. Low blood flow risks are increased in cigarette smokers and diabetics. Ischemic or infected tissues can sometimes cause serious troubles, negatively affecting other organs. ...Read more

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What happens during a leg amputation?

What happens during a leg amputation?

All structures Cut: During a leg amputation, the surgeon starts by making a skin incision. This is designed to help in the closure of the stump. Next the muscle fascia is cut, followed by the muscles. The primary nerves, arteries and veins are then ligated ( tied off ). Next the bones are cut with a saw and the cut edges are filed down. Finally a flap of muscle tissue is used to cover the bone and the skin is closed. ...Read more

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Can a person drive after a leg amputation?

Can a person drive after a leg amputation?

Yes: Yes. With the proper set-up and training many amputees enjoy the freedom of driving! ...Read more

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Which leg diseases can cause a leg amputation?

Which leg diseases can cause a leg amputation?

Circulation/diabetes: Excluding injuries, leg amputations are mostly related to very poor leg circulation that does not respond to treatment (usually surgical) or diabetes related sores/wounds. Tumors are also possible but not as common. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: leg amputation?

What is the definition or description of: leg amputation?

Removal of leg by : Surgical removal of leg . This can be either below knee or above knee. ...Read more

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What causes someone to get a leg amputation after car wreck?

What causes someone to get a leg amputation after car wreck?

Injuries: People may sustain injuries that cannot be repaired or reconstructed. In bad accidents the legs can be pinched when the motor is pushed into the cabin. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take someone to recover from leg amputation?

How long does it usually take someone to recover from leg amputation?

Months: It takes months before a stump wound heals and the swelling is fully gone. This about the time it also takes before you can try to be fitted for a prosthetic device. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the pros and cons of a total leg amputation?

Depends on reason: Amputation is a serious decision, and should be made by md. If risk of infection or gangrene is high or present, often is not optional. In some tumor cases, removal of limb to reduce spread is needed. Md will not advise doing such unless critical to your health. ...Read more

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Is leg amputation the only solution for osteosarcoma?

No: Amputation was the standard surgical treatment for these rare tumors but most osteosarcomas are now treated with limb preservation. Avoiding amputation depends on the location, size and type of tumor. It is essential that patients are treated by experienced teams in institutions where these operations are done often. Your doctor can help by referring you to a large cancer hospital in your area. ...Read more

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Help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes someone to get a leg amputation?

Leg Amputation: Amputation is generally a treatment for extremities that are dead or dying, or have otherwise untreatable infection that may be life threatening. Causes include trauma, diabetes, vascular disease, or even tumors. ...Read more

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I still have serious pain from a leg amputation that I had 5 years ago. Can anyone suggest any pain relief?

I still have serious pain from a leg amputation that I had 5 years ago. Can anyone suggest any pain relief?

Phantom pain: You are likely suffering from phantom pain, a syndrome that afflicts patients after limb amputation. The syndrome is poorly understood but you do have some treatment options. You should seek a pain specialist with experience treating this syndrome. ...Read more

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Can a person get long-term nausea from a leg amputation?

Can a person get long-term nausea from a leg amputation?

No: Unless there is an ongoing issue with the amputation site (infection most likely) nausea is not related to it. Even with active issues nausea would be very rare. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have leg amputation if you have kidney problems?

Yes: Unfortunately, one of the more common groups of patients who require amputations are diabetics, who frequently also have kidney disease. The kidney disease in itself does not impact the surgery, but severe kidney disease is correlated with increased risk of complications around the time of surgery. ...Read more

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Can you explain the difference between leg amputation at or above the knee?

Similar: Amputations at the level of the knee (thru the knee joint) are uncommon in adults as the function of the knee is lost and it is difficult to fit with a prosthetic knee. Must commonly amputations are done above the knee (transfemoral). If possible it is good to try to save the knee with a below the knee amputation as it is easier to walk and it takes much less energy that above the knee. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are psychological services to deal with leg amputation?

Yes there are.: Your surgeon performing your amputation should be able to put you in touch with your local services. The amputee coalition is an excellent resource. Here is the link: http://www.Amputee-coalition.Org/. ...Read more

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For someone who has diebetes with no kidney that needs to have a leg amputation still recieve a kidney?

For someone who has diebetes with no kidney that needs to have a leg amputation still recieve a kidney?

Transplant possible: Patients with severe kidney failure should consider transplant as an alternative to dialysis. History of amputation by itself will not disqualify someone from transplant. In order to qualify for a transplant you have to have funding, be cancer free, and your heart & lungs strong enough. That is an oversimplification, there are other criteria as well. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
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Amputation (Definition)

Amputation is the removal of a body part due to disease or trauma. Most commonly it involves one of the limbs ...Read more